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by Ellie Stokes 31-10-2017
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally cringe greeting) My name is Ellie and I am in my third year at the University of Edinburgh studying Spanish and Italian, which means that I have begun my compulsory year abroad. To start things off, I went to Peru for 5 weeks of volunteering, something...
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally cringe greeting) My name is Ellie and...
Ciao! (Please excuse the mandatory and exceptionally...
France
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France
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by  24-10-2017
          In this post, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite parts of living in Strasbourg - proximity to the Institutions. The European Parliament The Parliament is a directly elected body representing voices of the 500 million people in the 28 Member States of...
          In this post, I wanted to talk about one of my favourite...
          In...
France
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France
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by Anna Montgomery 24-10-2017
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t entirely sure what this year was going to be like. But now, having been in the south of France for a month, it’s amazing how easy it has been to allow Avignon to become like home. Although I still miss the grass and green of Ireland - I don’t think...
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t entirely sure what this year was going to be like....
When I arrived in September, I wasn’t...
Italy
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Italy
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by  24-10-2017
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached the half way point for the first part of my Year Abroad, something which hadn’t even crossed my mind until I looked at my calendar! After the initial first few weeks of dealing with nerves, homesickness...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning to dawn on me that I’ve just about reached...
As we approach mid-October, it’s beginning...
Hong Kong
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Hong Kong
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by Beth Allen 24-10-2017
              …this is what my weekends are made up of. With the typhoon season coming to an end, we can now spend our free days exploring Hong Kong’s countryside and so far, I have visited five beaches and done four hikes. The trails here in Hong...
              …this is what my weekends are...
              …this...
France
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France
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by  23-10-2017
                    Bonjour! I’ve been in Limoges for six weeks now and it really has flown by. This week has seen me attend an ice hockey match, have my first experience of a University contrôle (essentially an exam), and my parents...
                    Bonjour! I’ve...
                    Bonjour! I’ve...
Spain
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Spain
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by  23-10-2017
Among the many obvious differences between Spain and England - the sun, the sand, the blue skies - here are six of the more subtle cultural distinctions that I’ve noticed during my first few weeks in Spain. 1. Ps & Qs:
 On a daily basis I say ‘gracias’ and ‘por favor’...
Among the many obvious differences between Spain and England - the sun, the sand, the blue...
Among the many obvious differences between...
France
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France
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by Eloisa Payne 20-10-2017
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot in a country that you have never lived in before for your year abroad, you are confronted with the fact that your language ability is definitely not as good as you thought it was prior to going. Having lived in Lyon for nearly 7 weeks now for the first half...
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot in a country that you have never lived in before...
Salut! It is obvious that when you set foot...
Spain
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Spain
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by Alice Young 11-10-2017
Two weeks have passed since I touched down at Bilbao airport and started my Year Abroad in the Basque Country. This year I am working for the British Council as a Language Assistant, or Auxiliar in a primary school; a popular choice for language students. Aside from sunning myself on Basque beaches,...
Two weeks have passed since I touched down at Bilbao airport and started my Year Abroad in...
Two weeks have passed since I touched down...
France
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France
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by  10-10-2017
Bonjour! I am just beginning my fifth week here in Limoges and can't believe how quickly the time has passed by. Also, can I just start by saying how pretty the centre of town is...  I've started classes, although I keep changing my mind about which ones I would like to take and am yet to actually...
Bonjour! I am just beginning my fifth week here in Limoges and can't believe how quickly the...
Bonjour! I am just beginning my fifth week...